The world’s longest standing field school for Cultural Anthropology and Humanities 2020 editions Location: Gozo, Malta, Europe June 5 - June 24 | July 2 - July 21 | July 29 - August 17
The Off the Beaten Track summer field school is held annually on the islet of Gozo, one of the three inhabited islands of the Maltese Archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Gozo, Malta, enjoys year-round sunshine and is home to numerous natural and cultural treasures. Our program had its first edition in 2006 and is now the longest standing cultural anthropology field school in the world.
The program offers a unique opportunity to acquire 'in the field' experience. The islands present a balance of past and present: rural Mediterranean traditions intersect with foreign influence in small fishing villages. At the crossroads of maritime routes between Europe, Africa and Asia, Malta has always been strategically important. Many cultures have contributed to Maltese and Gozitan culture. Foreign influences can be seen for example in the Maltese language - a fusion of Arabic, Italian and other languages.
Today, Maltese people also speak English. This facilitates access to the field for foreign researchers. Possible topics for field research abound, especially within anthropology of food, tourism, gender, architecture, and religion.
The program offers both budding anthropologists and more advanced scholars a valuable opportunity to study the peoples of an island with 7,000 years of history.
The Malta Summer School international faculty and staff help connect students and locals. They facilitate and monitor the progress of each project, and also guide interested participants through the process of publishing peer-reviewed research results.